Locke Hotels opens fifth property in London – Business Traveller

Locke, the design-focused hotel apartment brand, has opened its fifth properties in London and the eleventh in its portfolio.

The newly developed Buckle Street studios are located in Aldgate in East London, adjacent to the Leman Locke estate and minutes from the City, Tower Bridge and Brick Lane.

The aparthotel occupies 13 floors with 103 accommodations, a typical shop, co-working area, shaman cafe and meeting room. The property differs from other serviced apartments in Locke in that it has 16 hotel-style rooms for short-stay guests along with 87 small apartments with kitchens and living areas.

This will be the first look to feature a concept store and ‘makers space’ dedicated to emerging designers and artists. The concept store will showcase limited edition items and materials handcrafted by custom sneaker designer AfroKickz, ceramicist Ally Powell and artist Dion Kitson.

The aparthotel was designed by Matthew Grzywinski of Grzywinski + Pons, the masterminds behind Locke’s first four locations. The exterior features a translucent glass crown flanking the two upper floors and has been designed to resemble a modern lighthouse as an ‘iconic lighthouse from which guests can explore East London’.

The social spaces feature curved furniture, soft arches, wood walls, and a neutral colour, while the apartments feature sophisticated neutrals and mood lighting with raw concrete and stucco combined with brushed copper finishes.

Guests will also have access to Leman Locke’s social spaces, which include a gym, Shaman Café, co-working space, and the vegetarian restaurant Alter by Chef Andy Hogben.

Eric Jafari, Director of Development and Creative Director, Luke commented:

Buckle Street Studios is cherry on top of an exceptionally busy year of new openings across Europe for Locke. The project is another major design hit by Grzywinski + Pons, and an example of how hotels have evolved as spaces to become increasingly hybrid and mixed-use. The Concept Store and Makers Space is a particularly exciting project for us and we hope will enable guests and locals to discover some of the UK’s most talented creators.”

Locke recently opened his second Dublin serviced apartment in the Docklands, after making his debut in the city earlier this year by way of the Happine’s Bridge.

Locke brand launched in 2016It is named after the seventeenth century English philosopher and physician John Locke. Buckle Street Studios joins four existing hotels in London, Eden Lock in Edinburgh, Whitworth Lock in Manchester, two properties in Dublin, Schwann Lock in Munich and Touring Lock in Cambridge.

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